Clinton tops potential ‘16 GOP rivals in crucial Ohio

07/31/2014 9:05 AM

07/31/2014 12:49 PM

Hillary Clinton is leading potential Republican challengers in the key state of Ohio in 2016 matchups, according to a new Quinnipiac poll.

The former Secretary of State, said assistant poll director Peter Brown, “is almost everyone's favorite candidate. She squeaks past U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and easily defeats each of the other Republicans she is matched against and has a solidly positive favorability rating. Obviously there is a long way to go until 2016, but at this point the political problems the president is encountering are not rubbing off on her."

Clinton even tops Ohio Gov. John Kasich, 47-40 percent. She also is ahead of others: By 46-42 over Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., by 48-37 over former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, and 46-37 over New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

Clinton is viewed favorably by 52 percent of Ohio voters, and does particularly well among women. Her lead among women ranges from 20 to 24 percentage points.

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